‘From Hawthorn to Hamilton’ was the theme of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Tomorrow Lewis Hamilton could win the F1 title on the 50th anniversary of the first British driver to win the championship: Mike Hawthorn. Journeyer tells the story. An unpredictable season, with multiple winners and stunning upsets. But as we approach the … Continue reading From Hawthorn to Hamilton? (Video)
Steve suggested I write an article about how pit stops have changed in F1 and, following the controversy over Ferrari’s pit stop at Valencia, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at it. When the world championship began in 1950 pit stops were fairly disorganised affairs. But as the sport … Continue reading A brief history of pit stops in F1 (video)
While many modern fans have seen the Nurburgring in its short, stadium-based configuration, the old Nurburgring Nordschleife was a behemoth of a track. More than 20 kilometers long, an F1 car needed around 7 minutes to complete a lap. Watch these first two videos showing laps of the old Nurburgring in all its glory.
This weekend is the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring. The mammoth race with over 200 entrants takes place on the mighty Nurburgring Nordschleife, home of the German Grand Prix until 1976. I’m sure the following is no more than a pipe dream, but let’s allow ourselves a little indulgence here and ask, how could F1 … Continue reading Bring back the (real) Nurburgring
The history of F1 circuits continues with a look at some of the curious tracks from the late ’50s and early ’60s, including the track that was so dangerous it was dropped for the ‘safer’ Nurburgring Nordschleife. Plus the host of the one-off Moroccan Grand Prix, two of the first homes of the United States … Continue reading F1 circuits history part 4: 1958-60
The second part of the guide to F1 circuits includes the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, and the home of the Dutch Grand Prix. It also includes the circuit at Buenos Aires where hundreds of thousands flocked to watch arguably the world championship’s first great – Juan Manuel Fangio.
“Cars at Speed” – what a fantastic title. I’d like to think that if the TV programme “Top Gear” had been created in the 1950s it would have been called “Cars at Speed” and presented by plummy-voiced Raymond Baxter instead of rant-meister Jeremy Clarkson. But no, “Cars at Speed” is a book about motor racing … Continue reading “Cars at Speed” (Robert Daley, 2007 reprint)
Continuing the guide to the best gifts for F1 fans this year with a look at the rest of the best books of 2007. Yesterday I covered F1 driver biographies and before that F1 videos and DVDs. It wouldn’t feel like the end of the season for me without a new copy of Autocourse – … Continue reading Best gifts for F1 fans: Books (3/5)
Something a little different in the reviews corner this week. This book shows you how to seek out and re-trace the great road racing circuits from motor racing history, including the former giant F1 tracks like Pescara and the Nurburgring Nordschleife. An F1 fan could get a few years’ worth of holiday destinations out of … Continue reading “Classic Motorsport Routes” (Richard Meaden, 2007)
A bit of fun for those of you who, like me, use the Facebook social networking site. There are all kinds of F1 groups to join from those who want Ferrari to sign Danica Patrick, fans who want the original Nordschleife back on the calendar, to the Canadians who want their own F1 team. Some … Continue reading 25 best groups for F1 fans on Facebook